Two more SFWMD board members resign

Following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ request that all members of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board resign, two board members have agreed to step down.

Dan O’Keefe and Carlos Diaz have given their letters of resignation.

SFWMD Governing Board members are unpaid volunteers. All of those on the board at the time Gov. DeSantis took office had been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.
Mr. O’Keefe, whose term would have expired in March 2020, represented Polk, Glades, Orange, Osceola, Highlands and Okeechobee counties.

Mr. Diaz, who was appointed by Gov. Scott but had not yet been confirmed by the Senate, would have represented Broward County for a term expiring in 2022.

Melanie Peterson had already left the unpaid position before the governor called for the board to resign. She resigned effective Jan. 1, citing the need to devote more time to her business.

Even without more resignations, the governor will soon have the opportunity to replace three of the remaining SFWMD Governing Board members as their terms will expire in March. That means that in two months, six of the nine SFWMD board members could be DeSantis appointees.

Those currently on the SFWMD Governing Board include:

• Rick Barber, representing Lee, Collier, Hendry and Charlotte counties, whose term expires in March 2019;

• James Moran, representing Palm Beach County, whose term expires in March 2019;

• Jaime Weisinger, an at-large member representing Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Highlands, Glades, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties, whose term expires in March 2021;

• Federico Fernandez, representing Miami-Dade County, whose term expires in March 2020;

• Brandon Tucker, an at-large member for an area that includes St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties,whose term expires in March 2021; and,

• Sam Accursio, who represents Miami-Dade County. His term expires in March 2019.

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